07TBILISI2973, REQUESTED SPEAKER ON MEDIA ETHICS IN A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN

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07TBILISI2973 2007-11-28 09:58 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #2973 3320958
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 280958Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8308

UNCLAS TBILISI 002973 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
IIP/EUR FOR TANIA CHOMIAK-SALVI, IIP/S FOR LAWRENCE SCHWARTZ 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: OIIP KPAO GG
SUBJECT: REQUESTED SPEAKER ON MEDIA ETHICS IN A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN 
 
REF: A) STATE 151480 
 
1. Summary: Embassy Tbilisi requests a rapid response speaker 
program for a program on journalistic ethics in covering elections. 
This program should last 7-9 days and take place in December 2007, 
before the January 5, 2008 snap Presidential elections. Post 
requests George Krimsky of the ICFJ, or a similar speaker. The 
audience will be working broadcast editors, producers and 
journalists.  End Summary. 
 
2. Program Description: On November 8, 2007 (in the wake of 
demonstrations) a snap Presidential election was announced for 
January 5, 2008.  This is expected to be a closely contested 
election, in which the perceived bias of the media will be under 
close scrutiny from all sides.  Currently Georgia is considering 
adopting a code of journalistic ethics.  Embassy Tbilisi wants to 
bring an experienced and well-known journalist such as George 
Krimsky to Tbilisi and Batumi to teach television editors, 
producers, and journalists about the ethical requirements of 
election campaign reporting.  Training sessions will be held in the 
newsrooms of all five nationally broadcast channels.  The program 
would last 7-9 days. 
 
3. Time Frame: December 2007, to be set according to the speaker's 
availability. 
 
4. Program Purpose: Journalism in Georgia is still not fully 
developed and in recent months the issue of media bias has become 
increasingly important.  This program is intended to educate 
journalists, and to give them an understanding of the ethical 
standards common in the Euro-Atlantic community.  In addition to 
workshops in television newsrooms we will schedule lectures at the 
Georgian Institute of Public Administration's School of Journalism 
and at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International 
Studies. 
 
5. Audience:  Working Television journalists, especially including 
editors and producers. 
 
6. Language Requirements:  English, with translation into Georgian 
provided.  Alternatively, Russian could be used.  FSA funds will be 
used for interpretation. 
 
7. Post Contact Information: 
APAO Stephen A. Guice: phone +995-32-277449, mobile +995-99-504392, 
fax +995-32-532319, email: Guicesa@state.gov 
Information Assistant Nana Kiknadze: phone +995-32-277208, mobile 
+995-99-540734, email Kiknadzen@state.gov 
 
8. Funding source: FY 07/08 FSA speaker funds. 
 
TEFFT

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